- The Oracle has the final say in succession to the Itsekiri Throne – Prof. Akaruese A university don, Professor Lucky Akaruase has revealed that it is only the Oracle (IFE) that has the final say in whosoever emerges as king in Itsekiri tradition and not the law court, saying that those planning to seek redress in our judiciary system to upturn the selection and acceptance of the Olu-Elect, Omoba Tsola Emiko would only succeed in making a foolery of themselves.
Prof. Akaruese of University of Port Harcourt made the assertion shortly after pronouncement of the demise of His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli and the introduction of Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko as the Olu-Elect at a general assembly of thousands of Itsekiri sons and daughters at Ode-Itsekiri (Big-Warri) the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people on Monday, April 5, 2021.
The Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Johnson Amatseruleghe had stated that those bent on truncating the succession process to installing a new monarch for the kingdom would have the entire Itsekiri nation and the gods of the land to contend with.
Chief Amatseruleghe who performed the Ale-Jefun ceremony at Big-Warri cladded in full traditional regalia as well as other chiefs of the kingdom symbolically broke three earthen pots containing white native chalk in the floor, followed by twenty cannon shots to announce the demise of the late king that reigned for five years.
He therefore announced a period of three months mourning, forbidding any social activities throughout Iwere land.
Subsequently, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, 37 was presented to thousands of Itsekiris as the successor to the throne.
On the threat by an Itsekiri personality that he was contesting the choice of Prince Tsola Emiko as the Omoba; Chief Atserunleghe said that no court papers have been served on him and that he is also not aware of any court case against the succession process.
Among dignitaries at the ceremony were the regent, Prince Emma Okotie-Eboh, General Emiko, Naval officers, member representing Warri South constituency 1 in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon.(DR) Austin Uroye, former House of Representatives member, Hon. Daniel Reyenieju and other top government functionaries.